How should an employee respond when law enforcement arrives after an active shooter event?

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an employee should do the following when law enforcement arrives on the scene after an active shooter event:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions;
  • Put down any items in his or her hands, e.g., bags or jackets;
  • Raise hands in the air and spread fingers;
  • Keep hands visible at all times;
  • Avoid quick movement towards officers, such as holding on to them for safety;
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling; and
  • Not ask questions when evacuating.

An employer should stress to its employees that they will likely be held by law enforcement in a designated area until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.